Friday, 27 February 2015

Dr. Ihab Anwar - Contributions to Medical Zeitgeist

Dr. Ihab Anwar is a skilled laparoscopic surgeon working at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is the author or co-author of a multitude of research papers concerning various surgical practices and techniques. He has extensive training in breast reconstruction surgery and breast disease, including breast cancer. 

In March 2011, he and a few other prominent researchers completed a study called “Management Guidelines for Breast Cancer,” published by the King Faisal Specialist Hospital. The paper is a groundbreaking study of the detailed stages of breast cancer in the body using new knowledge.

Ihab Anwar

The paper focuses in part on tumor staging systems and how they provide surgeons and doctors with information on the extent of the cancer and how this information can be used to dictate treatment and help doctors develop a useful prognosis. Ihab Anwar writes in the paper that tumor staging systems also provides a useful framework for reporting treatment outcomes and permits the evaluation of the effectiveness of new treatment. 

Dr. Ihab Anwar uses this breast cancer staging system to classify cancers based on T, N, and M stages. Dr. Anwar uses the letter T and a number between 0 and 4 to identify the size of a tumor and to what extent it has spread to the skin or the chest wall. High T numbers denote a larger, more dangerous tumor. 

Dr. Ihab Anwar hopes that his research can curb the devastating effects of breast cancer worldwide. In 2012, 1.7 million new breast cancer cases were diagnosed.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Ihab Anwar : A Tour of Lisbon

One of the most memorable and perhaps even most profound experiences of young Ihab Anwar’s life was the opportunity to participate in his school’s Semester at Sea program; a semester long cruise that provided both Ihab Anwar and his fellow students the opportunity to explore, learn and experience a variety of places, cultures and peoples throughout Europe and the Caribbean. The study abroad program, which is managed by the Institute for Shipboard Education, continues to provide students a wonderful opportunity to learn about the world in ways just not possible in a classroom setting.

Ihab Anwar - Tour of Lisbon

Ihab Anwar, along with hundreds of other aspiring academics, shared in the Fall 2014 Semester at Sea experience, which included stops at 17 total ports located in 15 different countries. Each port, as part of a major internationally-known city, offered students a wonderful opportunity to gain perspective on a new place, a new set of customs and architecture and scenic beauty only available in each unique destination.

One of the best stops, at least according to Dr. Ihab Anwar, was the port of Lisbon, Portugal, a vast cultural hub that has earned international fame, and acclaim, for its incredible array of historic cathedrals, castles and breathtaking layout. Mr. Lodge, the cruise Director, filled the students in on Lisbon’s unique history over the last millennium, including a 17th century earthquake that almost completely destroyed the city for good. 

Anwar and his fellow travelers, eager for adventure, were split into small groups and given the opportunity to explore the several unique sections of the city, including some of the many quaint cafes and charming inns Lisbon is famous for.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Dr. Ihab Anwar – Focus on Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Ihab Anwar has devoted his career to becoming the best surgeon he can. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in the United Kingdom and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in the United States. He has focused primarily, in his later career, on laparoscopic surgery, and gained membership in the International Society of Surgeons, and in the Asian Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons.

Dr. Ihab Anwar

Laparoscopic surgery is a term used for minimally invasive surgery and involves surgical techniques that do not cause as much trauma for patients on the operating table as traditional open surgery. Dr. Ihab Anwar first trained and gained experience in laparoscopic surgery during a basic laparoscopic surgery course in Goettingen, Germany and another laparoscopic surgery course at Security Forces Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Surgeon Ihab Anwar says that during his time at Security Forces Hospital, he performed more than 1,300 Laparoscopic Chloecystectomies, or gall bladder removal, on top of general surgery practice.
Ihab Anwar - Surgeon

Laparoscopic surgery involves unorthodox surgical procedures using video cameras and specialized surgical implements. Usually, the surgeon makes small incisions in the patient’s body through which small plastic tubes are placed. The video camera and the surgical instruments are then fed through these small incisions and tubes, giving the surgeon a direct and real-time view of the patient from the inside. 

Dr. Ihab Anwar – Focus on Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgeons, including Dr. Ihab Anwar then uses the video images from the cameras to perform the surgery with extremely precise robotic instruments that he controls remotely. After surgery, the patient usually needs less time to recover at the hospital, less overall discomfort—leading to less painkilling medication and risk for addiction, and less scarring.

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Ihab Anwar - A Night in Barbados

Ihab Anwar is a college student at the University of Rhode Island. He spent the entire Fall 2014 semester on board a cruise ship called the MV Explorer, as part of the Semester at Sea program.

The Semester at Sea program takes hundreds of lucky students on an around-the-world voyage intended to expose them to the complexities of the world, and prepare them for leadership roles and to be informed global citizens. The voyage lasted for 108 and visited seventeen cities in fifteen different countries.

Ihab Anwar kept a detailed diary during the trip, and is planning to use it as the basis for a paper he is obliged to write for school. The longest entries in the diary were made on his impressions of the various cities and countries he saw, such as his detailed entry about the Port of Bridgetown in Barbados, where the MV Explorer docked on November 22nd.

“A lot of Brits here,” he noted in the entry. “Barbados, or B’dos as they call it here, was a British territory up until 1966, and the UK influence is still very strong. It is the easternmost of the Caribbean island. Mr. Lodge says that vacationing Brits make up the largest number of visitors to the island every year.” Mr. Lodge is the Semester at Sea Tour Director assigned to the MV Explorer.

“The locals, who Mr. Lodge says are called Bajuns, are very friendly people,” Ihab Anwar wrote. “There is almost no crime here, and me and the other kids felt safe venturing out on our own. That is a violation of the rules, but got away with it. Jenna and I took a long walk on the beach in the afternoon, and she let me hold her hand.” Jenna is an American student he met on the MV Explorer and developed a crush on.

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Ihab Anwar: Trans-Atlantic Film

Ihab Anwar says he was incredibly lucky to get involved in the Semester at Sea program through the University of Rhode Island, where he is a student for the 2014-2015 school year. "I live in England, go to school in Rhode Island, but spent the entire Fall semester travelling the world," he said. "How lucky is that?"

The Semester at Sea program takes hundreds of college students on an around-the-world trip, with stops scheduled at numerous countries along the way. The Fall 2014 trip set sail from Southampton, England on August 24 and visited seventeen cities in fifteen countries during its 108-day voyage. 

Anwar says he learned a lot and saw parts of the world that he never expected to see. But in addition to the travel, he and the other students had to take a lot of required courses, and some electives, too.

One of the classes he took was called Trans-Atlantic Film as History. "According to the course outline, it was supposed to introduce us to the idea that movies can bear witness to the diversity of the human experience. That's what the instructor kept saying, although she always said cinema – ‘Cinema can bear witness to the diversity of the human experience.'" 

The course, he went on, had a short section on the development of film technology in the late 1800s and early 1900s. "But the emphasis was on the social issues that were introduced in each movie."

Films that were screened for the students included The Butterfly, which was about the Spanish Civil War, and A Night of Truth, which was about inter-African warfare. Ihab Anwar said that he had never hear of any of the movies that they saw.

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